Lately I’ve been listening to meditation music to soothe my soul. Did you know that being in nature can help relieve stress, calm your mind, heal your body, and even improve your mental functions?
- In a study by Japanese researchers, it was found that walking or staying in a forest (a practice known as forest bathing) decreased hostility and depression significantly while increasing liveliness significantly among participants.
- A University of Michigan study found that short-term memory of test subjects improved by walking in nature, or even just by viewing pictures of nature.
- In a University of Sheffield study, it was found that natural, tranquil scenes (beach) enhanced connectivity between different brain areas, whereas non-tranquil scenes (motorway) disrupted connections within the brain.
- A study revealed that among patients recovering from gallbladder surgery, those assigned to rooms with windows looking out to a natural scene required a shorter stay, needed less pain medication, and had fewer post-surgical complications than those facing a brick wall.
While the best thing to do would be to move to more natural living environments, for many of us this may not be possible, at least not right away. My solution? Meditation videos to bring us back to nature. If we can’t be near nature at this moment, let’s use technology to bring nature TO US.
Here are 10 powerful, free meditation music videos for your easy usage. From waterfalls to rainforests to rain simulations, teleport yourself right away with the click of a button. Watch these videos on your laptop or phone before you sleep, or play them while showering and feel yourself calmed instantly. Also great as white noise if you live next to a busy road or are working in a noisy cafe!
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My favorite track of all time. This is a HD video of a gentle waterfall to several soothing music tracks. The music starts off quiet with the sound of a waterfall, followed by nature sounds (birds chirping), and then builds up to a wonderful mix of people humming, tribal music, and upbeat tunes. Amazing. Great for all-round use, be it as white noise or sleep music. If you’re feeling anxious, listen to this and watch the gentle water movements in the video — it should soothe you right away.
2) Sea Waves
Another of my favorites: Teleport yourself next to a sea now without a plane ticket. There’s no music, only the sound of sea waves and a video clip of gentle waves and a palm tree swaying in the background. Project this full screen on your TV/laptop and sit back, watch, and relax; OR play this while lying on your bed (with your eyes closed) and feel like you’re right next to the vast blue sea. Next to the real thing, what more do you need?
3) Celtic Music
This meditation music made me feel like I was in the Lord of the Rings . Composed by a talented musician from Norway named Peder Helland, this relaxing Celtic piece called “Dance of Life” contains gentle flute and harp tunes. The video is a nice collage of different pictures of nature (rather than a video clip of a nature scene like in #1 and #2). Its gentle, soothing tune is great for relaxing or to send you to sleep.
4) Relaxing Piano Music
This gentle piano piece is accompanied by the gentle sound of a water stream in the background. Like the Celtic track, the video is a collage of different pictures of nature. I generally play this as a relaxing background music such as when I’m showering or resting on the bed. Also composed by Peder Helland. If you like this, check out this other piano track with a more sweet and romantic vibe.
5) Deep Sleep Meditation Music #1
This video is epic — it is a collage of different clips of nature, from sheep running across a mountain to flowers swaying in the wind to snowy landscapes to even the Earth in orbit. Just watching the video is consciousness raising. It reminds us that we are one speck in this universe, that we have a responsibility to care for this Earth, and not to get lost in our problems. The music is very grand and is composed by Peder Helland as well. The best way to play this is to listen to the music and watch the video at the same time. Perfect to stay present.
6) Deep Sleep Meditation Music #2
Great for stress relief and to keep you grounded. This soft, calming piece is accompanied by a static image of a silhouette staring right up into the sky, like he is the only person left in the universe. Great to send you to sleep.
Do you like the sound of rain? Do you like to sleep in when it’s raining? If so, this track is for you. A 10-hour clip of just rain sounds — play it while on the bed and you should fall asleep enough. Great to calm babies and send them to sleep. If you prefer gentler rain sounds, use this instead.
Most of us here have probably never been to a rainforest. If you have, you would have experienced the beauty and serenity of being surrounded by lush trees, river streams, and the creations of Mother Nature. This video brings you right into the heart of a rainforest, with nothing but water stream and animal sounds. There’s no music because it’s not needed. The video itself is taken right inside a rainforest with water flowing through the river streams. If you prefer just a track with water stream sounds (without animal noises), I got you covered buddy.
9) Harp Music
Charming harp music by Peder Helland. Play it to relax your mind and slow down your chain of thoughts after a long day. Nice for a change from the above pieces.
10) Flying Through Clouds
Finally, time to do some flying. Do you like sitting beside the window when you’re on the plane, because you like to see the clouds float by? Ever thought what it’d be like to fly through the sky? Well, this video takes you one step closer to that — it’s a 3-hour clip of you slowly floating over white clouds as you fly toward the sunset (or sunrise, depending on how you see it). Watch this calming clip and feel like you’re far away from your problems, your issues, and toxic people.
If the sun is too glaring for you, here’s a night flight to the moon.
Here are my tips on when to use these videos:
- Play in the background when working
- As meditation music, when you’re meditating
- In a noisy environment — excellent way to mask unwanted noise
- While showering/bathing
- When you’re waiting to fall asleep. You can either close your eyes and listen to the music, or watch the video and listen as you slowly fall asleep.
- Whenever you feel anxious or just want to relax. Launch the video in full screen mode and watch it while listening to the music. If you have a TV screen, even better — put it on the big screen, increase the volume, and feel like you’re right inside Mother Nature! Do this every day for a week and you should feel yourself more centered with less anxiety.
If you’re looking for a way to play YouTube music in the background while you’re on your phone, check out Stream (Android only) — it’s free. It lets you play a YouTube music video as a small floating popup, after which you can surf the net, check emails, reply to messages, or do whatever you want on your phone. I’ve been using it to play my meditation music and I wish I found this earlier as it’s so handy! I’m not affiliated with them in any way btw.
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Check out my meditation series on the benefits of meditation and how you can learn to meditate yourself:
- Part 1: 10 Reasons You Should Meditate
- Part 2: How to Meditate In 5 Easy Steps
- Part 3: Vipassana Meditation 10-Day Course
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